Faculty & Staff Resources

Research Help

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Call: 413-662-5325
Schedule: Research Consultation.

Persistent Links to Use in Canvas

What are persistent links (permalinks)? Permalinks can be used to direct your students to specific resources in Freel Library databases. These links can be added to your print or online syllabus, pasted into a Canvas course page or sent out via email.  Not only do permalinks contain the information that takes the user to a specific book, film or article, they also contain information that allows the database provider to verify the user’s right to access the information the link takes them to.

The permalink and the URL in the web browser address bar at the top of the page are not the same. Using the link in your address bar will cause broken links and student frustration. The directions below will help you find the permalink for materials in a number of our most popular databases.

Canvas does not work well in Internet Explorer. We recommend that you use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

EBSCO  EBSCO provides a permalink for each citation in its databases and the Search Everything tool. You will find a list of Tools on the right side of each citation page. Click on ermalink or the permalinkp icon (a two-link chain) and a persistent link address will be generated and displayed above the article title. You can then copy and paste this link in your syllabus, Canvas course page or an email. More information here.

EBSCO Ebooks: These permalinks work the same as those in the other EBSCO databases, but you also have the option of linking directly to a chapter in a book. More information here.

Gale Databases:  The persistent link for each citation is found next to the search box at the top of the page, where it says "get link." More information here.

JSTOR: JSTOR provides a stable URL on each article page under the title of the journal and the publisher information. Copy and paste the stable URL to your Canvas site. More information here.

HeinOnline: HeinOnline's permalinks are found in the toolbar at the top of the article. More information here.

Ebook Central: Permalinks for Ebook Central are on the left hand side of the screen under the book information. You also have the option of linking directly to a chapter in a book. More information here.

AVON: For best results, use the Canvas tool to add a persistent link directly within a Canvas course. More information here.

Kanopy: Use the share link below the video to get a persistent link or the embed code. More information here.

Library Tutorials

The library has created modules in Canvas Commons for you to import into your course. There are 4 different modules:

  1. Search Strategies
  2. Types of Information
  3. Question Authority
  4. Citations - The Foundation of Scholarly Conversation

You can import all the modules or just the ones that you need. If you want a module to cover something that is not already here, contact Pamela Contakos.

To find the modules, go to Canvas, choose Commons on the left hand menu, and then choose "shared" at the top of the screen. For screen shots on this process see this page. Contact Academic Technology if you need help importing it into your course.

Citation Basics and Plagiarism Prevention

You can add a link to our Citing and Documenting Sources Guide to your Canvas course by using the following URL:


The University of Indiana offers a plagiarism quiz that you might want to use:


Research Guides

There is a library link added to your Canvas course by default. This link displays a research guide which has library resources specific to your subject area.

Don't see one that fits? Want one for your specific class or an assignment? Contact us and we'll be happy to create one.

Research Companion

Research Companion (ProQuest) helps students do more effective scholarly research and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information. This database provides modules on finding information, evaluating information, and using information. Students can move through the modules at their own pace. You can find Research Companion here.